Updates from recent blogs:
- The denomination is "Church of the Brethren" and was also called "Dunkard" because of their baptismal method of total immersion. Reverend Dolar Richey's son, Arthur, also became a pastor and served in the Church of the Brethren, in Walnut Grove, near Parkersburg, IL according to A. Couts.
- A reader inquired about the location of the Stevens Horseshoeing Shop picture. J King responded that the J.C. Stephen's Horseshoeing Shop picture is a bit misleading in that the brothers Clay & Clyde Stephens are Lawrence County guys, but the picture is in front of the James Clay "J.C." Stephens shop in nearby Bruceville, IN. In 1900, the census of Bond Township, Lawrence County, included the household of 52-year old farmer Cyrus Stephens--sons James C. Stephens, age 21, born in Illinois & Clyde P. Stephens, age 10, born in Illinois. In 1910, Clyde was farming in Bond Twp, age 20, with a new wife and baby daughter. He later registered for the World War I draft in Tazewell Co., IL, where he died and was buried in 1919. The 1910 Census found 31-year old James C. Stephens owning a blacksmith shop in Bruceville with wife & two children. James Clay Stephens died 17 June 1957 and was buried at the Derr Cemetery, east of Pinkstaff. The picture of the J.C. Stephen's Horseshoeing Shop is circa 1906-1908 on Main Street in Bruceville, Knox County, Indiana, with the Bruceville School in the background. It is not the Lawrence County Courthouse in Lawrenceville IL, nor is it the Old Central School in Lawrenceville. King also concluded that the school was not anything he had ever seen pictured in Bridgeport, Sumner, or St Francisville nor was it the brick school in either Pinkstaff or Russellville. Yet Census searches for Clay and Clyde Stephens kept bringing him back to the Cyrus Stephens family in Bond Township, Lawrence County, Illinois. The shop seemed to be owned by James Clay Stephens, the older brother on the left with leather chaps. I believe that his younger brother Clyde V. Stephens, b 1889 in Sumner, Lawrence Co, is the teenager on the right, also wearing leather chaps.
- We had several comments about the Maxwell Park series. Very few people knew anything about it or its location. Thanks to K Borden for the research.
- A family member (B Brown) thanked J King for providing research Achilles M. Brown, a Civil War soldier from Oblong. A blog article detailing the acquittal of Brown in the shooting of Dr. Routt was published in June 2013; the trial was held in Lawrence County. Brown said it was a slight shock to read that this ancestor had been involved in that type of case but it certainly made for a great story to pass through the family.
- When the names of the HMC medical staff in the 1950s was posted on the blog, J. Petty remembered that Dr. Ed Fahnestock gave all the Bridgeport kids their school required physicals.
- S. Frederick wanted to know about the white building across from Bridgeport Grain at the southwest corner of Main & Olive Streets in downtown Bridgeport . J King responded that it was the Farmer's State Bank. The building was rebuilt after the fire on Friday, June 13, 1913, that destroyed two blocks of downtown Bridgeport. The bank failed in the late 1920s or early 1930s. A hermit lived there during the 1950s & early 1960s—later his body was found in the vault. Then the Masonic Lodge of Bridgeport fixed it up for its use. The building has been vacant since the Masons moved to their present location, at the corner of Olive & Washington and is now owned by the same owner of Bridgeport Grain.
Research Note: We have bound volumes of the Sumner Press from 1971 through 2015 at our Research Library, as well as several other bound local newspapers.